- Scope and Contents
The Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning Collection is a mixed-provenance collection of material by and related to Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Series I, Robert Browning Papers, contains a few manuscripts by him, as well as many letters, most written after the death of Elizabeth. Recipients include Mrs. Bayne; Isabel Jane Blagden; Moncure Conway; Charles Deschamps; Frank Hill; William Charles Macready; Felix Moscheles, and William Wetmore Story. Letters to Browning include an extensive series of literary letters from J. D. Williams, as well as letters from Sophia Ann Landor and Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards.The series also contains a few photographs of the Brownings, and artwork and a commonplace book by Browning's father, Robert Browning (1781-1866).
Series II, Elizabeth Barrett Browning Papers, contains manuscripts and correspondence. Manuscripts include autograph drafts of Casa Guidi Windows; Last Poems; Poems and Sonnets; and The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point. Corrrespondence includes letters to Hugh Stuart Boyd, Cornelius Mathews, Mary Russell Mitford and John Ruskin; the collection also contains letters from Harriet Martineau to Barrett Browning (housed in an album in Box 8).
- Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
- Conditions Governing Use
The Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
- Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired by gift and purchase from various sources between 1932 and 1991, as noted on individual folders or on the catalog cards included with the collection.
Organized into two series: I. Robert Browning Papers, 1835-1906. II. Elizabeth Barrett Browning Papers, 1838-1861.
Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 839